USA Softball Invites Valerie Arioto, Vicky Galindo to Training Camp

Dec. 11, 2009

BERKELEY - California junior utility Valerie Arioto and former Golden Bear Vicky Galindo have accepted invitations to the 2010 Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp, the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) and USA Softball announced recently. The camp will be held in Chula Vista, Calif., from Jan. 4-8.

'I'm really excited to get the opportunity to try out again,' Arioto said. 'It is the greatest honor to represent your country! Although I'm nervous, it is going to be a fun experience.'

The 17-member team plus alternates selected from this camp will represent USA Softball during the 2010 season. The schedule of events for the 2010 season will be announced at a later date at

Last season, Arioto earned third-team NFCA All-American and second-team Easton All-American honors this season doing double duty as a pitcher and playing first base for the Bears. Arioto, a first-team All-Pac-10 and first team All-Pacific Region selection, was also the second-leading hitter on the team, posting a .325 average with a .425 on-base percentage. She was recently named to the ESPN Rise All-Decade team and All-State All-Decade Team.

This is not Arioto's first experience with the national team, for the Pleasanton, Calif., native was part of the USA Softball squad that earned the gold medal at the Japan Cup in Sendai City over the summer. The United States squad swept through the tournament, winning all four of their games in the tournament. Arioto had an RBI in the first meeting against Japan, getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the first run of the game. Arioto also hit a solo home run against Chinese Taipei.

Galindo played for Cal from 2003-05 and was a two-time All-American, a three-time all-region selection and a three-time all-conference selection. Galindo scored 141 runs at Cal - fourth-most in program history.

Since softball's inception as an Olympic sport in 1996, a Golden Bear player or coach has participated in each Olympiad. Michele Granger (USA), Gillian Boxx (USA) and Lisa Martinez (Puerto Rico) appeared in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta. In addition, former Cal assistant coach Kim Maher, a standout at Fresno State, played for the United States as well that summer. In the 2000 Olympiad, Nicole DiSalvio was the pitcher for Team Italy. In the 2004 Olympics in Athens, head coach Diane Ninemire, along with Lindsay James and Chloe Kloezeman, suited up for the inaugural Greek national team, while DiSalvio returned for a second stint with Italian national team. Galindo was part of the U.S. delegation that took silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Cal players have also competed for various national teams during non-Olympic years.

The 2010 Women's National Team Selection Camp attendees:
Monica Abbott - Salinas, Calif.
Valerie Arioto - Pleasanton, Calif.
Brandice Balschmiter - Newark, N.Y.
Chelsea Bramlett - Cordova, Tenn.
Courtney Bures - Haymarket, Va.
Katie Burkhart - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Eileen Canney - Paradise, Calif.
Ashley Charters - Beaverton, Ore.
Kaitlin Cochran - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Andrea Duran- Selma, Calif.
Jennie Finch- La Mirada, Calif.
Vicky Galindo - Union City, Calif.
Alissa Haber - Newark, Calif.
Ashley Hansen - Chandler, Ariz.
Ashley Holcombe - Fayetteville, Ga.
Molly Johnson - Lexington, Ken.
Megan Langenfeld - Bakersfield, Calif.
Lauren Lappin - Anaheim, Calif.
Brittany Lastrapes - Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Jenae Leles - Fair Oaks, Calif.
Caitlin Lowe - Tustin, Calif.
Jessica Mendoza - Camarillo, Calif.
Stacey Nelson - Los Alamitos, Calif.
Cat Osterman - Houston, Texas
Amber Patton - Forsyth, Ill.
Brittany Rogers - Dacula, Ga.
Melissa Roth - Long Beach, Calif.
Taylor Schlopy - West Hills, Calif.
Angela Tincher - Eagle Rock, Va.
Natasha Watley - Irvine, Calif.
Tammy Williams - Roscoe, Mo.

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